In the face of global unease following the U.S. strike on Iran’s top general, the United Kingdom is acting swiftly to protect its own interests in the region.
The Telegraph reported that on Saturday evening, the Royal Navy deployed two warships to ensure the safe passage of British ships through the Strait of Hormuz.
Preparing for action
U.K. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed that two ships had been ordered to the Persian Gulf on Saturday night. The vessels will be accompanying British flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz as a means to protect British assets.
The preparations come after President Donald Trump warned that 52 targets could be hit if Iran acts on its promise of retaliation for the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani, according to the Daily Mail.
Wallace made it clear he wants de-escalation in the Middle East, but he acknowledged the right of the U.S. to defend itself.
“During the last few months U.S. forces in Iraq, who are based in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government, have been repeatedly attacked by Iranian-backed militia,” Wallace observed, according to the Independent.
He went on: “General Soleimani has been at the heart of the use of proxies to undermine neighboring sovereign nations and target Iran’s enemies. Under international law, the United States is entitled to defend itself against those posing an imminent threat to their citizens”
Iran had been waging a proxy war with western powers for years. Instead of capitulating to the bullying of a known terrorist, Trump struck back. The decision to kill one of Iran’s most important warfighters was a risky one, but our allies are standing with us.
Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed British support for Trump’s actions, stating: “My view is — and the operational assessment has been done by the Americans — is that there is a right of self-defense.”
He went on: “It was General Soleimani’s job description to engage proxies, militias across not just Iraq but the whole region, not just to destabilize those countries but to attack Western countries… In those circumstances, the right of self-defense clearly applies”
Iran thought Trump’s hands were tied. The Democrats have done everything they can to accomplish that. But despite this, Trump still had the ability to hit Iran hard in retaliation for the attack on our embassy and other recent acts of aggression in the region.
Although global tensions are rising as a result of the killing, Trump’s decisive response serves as a warning that the Iranian regime should think twice about attacking the U.S., its assets, or its allies.